Manger son pain blanc le premier

If you need a Paris fix when in New York, look no further than Mon Petit Café, 801 Lexington Avenue at the corner of 62nd Street on the Upper East Side. The look, the sound, the smells…pure Paris. There are little tables on the sidewalk, lace curtains, French-speaking waitresses, and authentic yummy food. Restaurants come and go faster than a New York cab, but this one’s been around since 1984, so they must be doing something right.

Today’s expression, manger son pain blanc le premier (mahnjay soh pahn blahn luh premEay) literally means “to eat one’s white bread first.” Figuratively, it means to do the easy part first, dark bread generally being a little tougher to chew. Frankly, the bread at Mon Petit Café is pretty easy to chew, particularly the seven-grain rolls. Yum. C’est toujours si bon!

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About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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